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How the UN, Monsanto and microbes can help improve global nutrition

On 1 April 2016, the United Nations General Assembly in New York, proclaimed a ‘UN Decade of Action on Nutrition’ to run from 2016 to 2025. This initiative by the UN is an approach which recognises the importance of tackling the fight against world hunger and malnutrition by working with the private sector.

It will be led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The fundamental role of the business community was already highlighted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations forum in September 2015...

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Convincing a farming generation precision agriculture has benefits

False-colour_images_remote_sensing_applications_in_precision_agriculture or farming._Courtesy_NASA_Earth_Observatory

Yes, this is a real farm. False-colour images using remote sensing applications in farming. Courtesy Susan Moran, Landsat 7 Science Team and USDA Agricultural Research Service.

“Farmers are not dragging a plough and a horse out there, they are high tech,” said Doug Weist, a fourth generation farmer in the American magazine Inc.com, on precision agriculture and its impact on one of the oldest occupations in human history: farming.

According to the article precision agriculture will revolutionise farming as we know it. Precision agriculture involves using technologies such as GPS, sensors and analytics to monitor conditions, crops and equipment in order to efficiently optimise seeds, water, pesticides and fertilisers.

Weist, who is also president of Weist Farms and owner of the consulting fi...

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AquaTEK precision farming project will help make maize production more sustainable (IT/ES)

By Rachel Moore

An excellent product does not always mean an excellent process. Food “made in Italy” is one of the undisputed jewels of the country, but there is ample room for improvement in the fields.

“Italian agriculture, and in particular maize production, is not making full use of the innovations made available by technology,” said Federico Bertoli, the commercial director of Monsanto Italy. Bertoli presented the AquaTEK water conservation project at the Milan EXPO workshop organised by the National Research Council on 1 July at the Italy Pavilion.

The project, focused on water conservation in cropping systems, began in 2013 as a public-private partnership between Monsanto Italy, Netafim and the University of Milan...

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Hungry for Change – Why does chronic hunger still exist in 2015? – Encore la faim – Pourquoi la faim chronique existe-t-elle encore en 2015?

For many of us, thankfully, hunger is not an everyday reality we face, however for approximately 795 million people worldwide, chronic hunger is not only daily reality, but also–tragically–the future.

On 27 May, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) released its annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report. The results are startling and saddening. What is even more unsettling is the fact that the 795-million figure is seen as triumph. 25 years ago, one billion people were suffering from starvation. How jubilant can we be, though, when such a large number of people still go hungry every day? José Graziano da Silva, the director general of the FAO, stated that the “near achievement” of the Millenium Development Goals was a step in the right direction...

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Thanks for reading – The Monsanto Europe-Africa blog is one year old

91_Catalog_Sm_RGBAs the month of May gets into full swing, Europe is a hive of activity celebrating food and agriculture. This buzz is of course led by EXPO Milano 2015, which kicked off its 6-month-long celebration of the food we eat on the 1st of May under the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

The aim of the EXPO Milano is to embrace technology, innovation, culture, traditions, creativity and how they relate to food and diet, with a principal focus on the the right to healthy, secure and sufficient food for all the world’s inhabitants. We couldn’t agree more with these aims, and we have long been proud to champion them.

At Monsanto we also have another reason to celebrate. This May marks the first anniversary of this blog.

The initial reason we started this blog was to raise awareness of...

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Monsanto launches new French website to help people discover our role in helping to make balanced diets more accessible (EN/FR)

FRA_D02S01_produce-113(4) Web Where does our food come from? Is it safe? Is it nutritious? Will we have enough food? Is intensive agriculture sustainable? What is plant breeding? What is biotechnology? What about pesticides? What, or who is Monsanto?

In the past, Monsanto has often struggled to explain its role in the food chain to consumers because, as a business-to-business seed company, Monsanto’s only customers are farmers and the occasional home vegetable gardener. Our corporate websites were written accordingly, for an expert audience of farmers, regulators and others who already know a lot about the way seeds are bred and grown and food is produced.

In order to better respond to consumers’ growing interest in how their food is produced, and to be transparent about Monsanto’s rather humble role in the food chai...

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Broadening the conversation

where-seeds-come-fromWhen many people think of Monsanto, if they’ve heard of us at all, they think ”GMO.” Globally that’s probably not far from the mark. Genetically modified organisms are an important part of our business, and an important part of farmers’ toolkits worldwide. But GMOs are just one of a broad range of solutions that Monsanto offers farmers to help produce more, better and more affordable food more efficiently.

In Europe, our second biggest business sales region globally, traditional, or non-GM agriculture represents more than 99.5 percent of our business...

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Doing our part to help eradicate hunger and malnutrition

Last week, Alistair Hide, Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, attended the FAO/WHO-led International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome. The event was a follow-up to the first FAO/WHO-led conference on nutrition held in 1992.

Held under the United Nations umbrella, the conference was convened to address malnutrition on a global scale, and agree on a framework for global action. Malnutrition–once more commonly associated with developing countries–concerns both lack of nutrition and obesity, and is seen as key to the war on non- communicable diseases (which are non- infectious and non- transmissible)  in both developing and developed countries.

Representatives from over 170 countries committed to eradicating hunger and preventing all forms of malnut...

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New agri-food coalition calls for innovation and science to be at the heart of EU ag policy

banner2Amongst the hundreds of receptions that are currently taking place in function rooms all over Brussels at the moment, a recent ‘Food for thought’ event was of particular significance to the agricultural sector.

On Sep. 23, the newly formed ‘agri-food chain coalition’ presented its vision for “unlocking the potential of agriculture and the food industry in the EU” to a room packed full of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and agri-food chain stakeholders. The significance of the event was two-fold: firstly, the emergence of a new voice in the agri- food sector, and secondly the very strong call for innovation, science and evidence-based policy making.

The ‘agri- food chain coalition’ is made up of 11 of EU’s leading agri- food associations, including COPA-COGECA and Foo...

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Monsanto is a seed company, not a GM company, European Vegetables Business Lead says

Ibrahim El MenschawiWhen many people think of Monsanto, they immediately think ‘Biotech’ and ‘GM’. Whilst we are proud of our global leadership position on GM crops, it will no doubt surprise many that GMOs are not actually Monsanto’s only focus.

Monsanto is a seed company. That’s what we do. The majority of Monsanto’s innovations are in crop and seed improvement, and in advanced conventional breeding techniques.

In fact, of the more than $4 million (USD) invested by Monsanto in R&D worldwide each day, less than half is spent specifically on GM technology.

Speaking to the IFAJ (International Federation of Agricultural Journalists) Congress in Aberdeen today, (5th September),  Monsanto’s EMEA Vegetable lead Ibrahim El Menschawi underlined this point and highlighted some of the many examples of no...

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